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Old 12-27-2010, 06:50 PM   #1
Troy Kerr
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Default Ring Handstand workout

Upon realized that I could complete 4 ring HSPU with my feet support by the straps, I have started training Handstand ring work over the last few weeks. I usually use 4x2 for the HSPU, and accumulate 30 seconds of static hold work in a handstand. I figured 30 seconds was adequate to allow my body time to adapt to the stress of them. I was wondering if their are some better ways to use to program ring handstands.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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There's not much you can do for handstands except do more handstands.

If you haven't learned or tried already it would be a good idea to learn a straight arm press handstand... they help everything which is why they are one ofthe most highly recommended skills to learn in gymnastics if you wanna get to high level strength
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:09 PM   #3
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12 cycles of 30s ring HS with 45s of rest. Takes 15m and it should be 6m of HS.
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:08 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info guys. What I am mainly trying to establish is the proper course of action for my handstand development. I follow the routine Steven has laid out in his body weight article, 3 days a week. Right now I am not sure how much volume I need to keep progressing, I feel like I have made constant progress week to week, but feel like I could possibly handle more.
Day 1) 3x 20 reps of wall walks.
Day 2) 4x2 Rings Handstand Push ups
Day 3) 30 seconds of static ring handstands.

Definitely open to suggestions. I will start incorporating the straight arm press. What would be appropriate volume for the straight arm press progression? Would it be wise to work on the straight arm press and static handstand ring holds?
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:13 PM   #5
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20reps of HS wall walks? as in 20 reps of walking up and down the wall to HS from pushup position or just hand touches on the floor?

4x2 ring HSPU. sure, whatever works.

Day 3: probably not enough volume, remotely. How long can you hold a ring handstand for with good form? You can hold a ring support for 60s easy, right?

Straight arm presses?

I'd start working the press downs against the wall. 10-15 reps total. break it up as you see fit. 2-5r a piece. hands further away from the wall makes it easier but you must turn out hands or turn towards an undergrip or it will kill your wrists. you can also try on parallettes.

I would the negative press to a point where you could hold as low as you can go for 5s. however, if you do so, you won't be able to do as many presses in a row. you can try to explore and see how low you can lower to and press up to; but I think doing the negative press and just jumping back to HS against the wall would be better for a start.

Headstand presses in straddle and pike should be mastered first. these should be very easy I would think. You can then start on bent arm HS presses against the wall.

You may be able to work press HS and ring HS. This is something you'll have to figure out how much volume you can do but may be doable.
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:38 PM   #6
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No, 20 reps of the shoulder touches. So just shifting my weight from arm to arm while I bring the opposite arm up and touch my shoulder.
I still have to wrap my legs around the ring straps for the ring handstands. I can hold a ring handstand for 25-35 seconds total depending on energy. I have been making an effort to keep my head down to keep my shoulders opened up. Ring supports I have not tested in awhile, I think back in early August I could manage a 30 second support hold without training it, so im sure it has gone up.
Are you suggesting to work the negative portion of the straight arm press for the time being? Right now I can easily go from a bent-arm frog stand and press into a handstand on the floor.
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